Where to Eat in Richmond, British Columbia in 48 Hours

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Buckle up, we’re taking you on a ride to Richmond, BC for our weekend getaway series. Richmond is a culturally diverse and geographically unique community centrally located on Canada’s West Coast, in Metro Vancouver. From Seattle, it’s about a 2.5 hour drive, cross your fingers for a traffic-less drive.
Our theme for this Weekend Getaway Series is “Taste of Asia.” We’ve put together an easy to follow weekend guide to maximize your stay in Richmond packed with activities and the best eats around.

FRIDAY

5:30PM – DEPARTURE FROM SEATTLE

We recommend you leaving Seattle as soon as you can to avoid heavy traffic. Keeping the average work hours in mind, we’ve scheduled an after-work departure time of 5:30PM. With an average driving time of 2.50 hours, you’ll be able to fit in a nice dinner once you get up there.

 
TRAVEL TIPS (CHECKLIST):
[  ] Passport – this is now required.
[  ] GPS: We recommend getting: Garmin nüvi 52LM 5-Inch GPS with Lifetime Maps (US)

HAROO KOREAN RESTAURANT

8:00PM

Our first stop on our food adventure is a restaurant called Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine, they are known for their authentic homestyle recipes. The restaurant is tucked away upstairs in the Golden Village neighborhood among other popular restaurants like Dinesty Chinese, Top Shanghai Cuisines, and Suhang Restaurant which you may have heard of.

What makes Korean dining so wonderful is the banchan (or small dishes) that comes with your meal prior to your main dishes. These can range from stir-fried mushrooms, doljaban muchim (seasoned seaweed), oi sobagi (stuffed cucumber kimchi), myulchi bokkeum (dried achovies), kimchi, kongnamul muchim (beat sprouts) and many other dishes. You’ll generally find a larger selection of these plates the more authenic the restaurant gets.


One of our favorites were the salad with a fruit puree dressing that was sweet and tangy. What’s great about eating at Korean restaurants are all the complimentary small plates you get with your meal.

The picture above is the kimchi fried rice with a sunny side egg on top. This is a classic Korean dish that is super flavorful. It’s generally made with Napa cabbage (kimchi), a sweet onion, garlic, soy sauce, butter, sliced beef, spam, pork and salt to taste. We highly recommend getting this dish when you make your visit, it’s not to spicy if you’re worried about needing a glass of milk after every bite. We pretty much licked the plate clean.

This is one of our favorite spicy soups called soonduboo or spicy tofu soup, a spicy profile of about 4/5. You get a myriad of vegetables and protein like anchovies, shiitake mushrooms, kelp, onions, garlic, tofu and green onions. The best way to eat this is to take a scoop of the soup with your spoon and muddle it in your rice bowl or taste it to get the right amount of soup to rice.

This is the most recognizable Korean dish (LA Galbi) most people can identify and boy was is tasty. The meat was tender, sweet, garlicky and full of flavor. What makes “LA Galbi” LA? Well, to answer your question, LA galbi is an American variation of the tradition preparation of galbi that was adopted from immigrant Korean communities in Los Angeles. It is prepared in the same way as regular galbi, except that the ribs are cut differently. Because most American butcheries cut ribs rib-eye style, instead of the thicker chunks of individual ribs Koreans typically do in their own country, Korean homes and restaurants in L.A. made galbi with these thinner cuts of beef with several ribs.

For our last dish, we ordered the Korean seafood pancake called Haemul Pajeon. It’s a savory pancake that’s filled with carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, hash browns, scallions, octopus, and other delicious seafoods. The batter gives is a crispy exterior outer layer and the middle tends to be creamier. This dish pairs extremely well with makgeolli (milky Korean rice wine) or soju (Korean vodka).

VANCOUVER AIRPORT MARRIOTT HOTEL

9:30PM – CHECK IN
The Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel is in the heart of Richmond’s city center, the Marriott’s accommodations include studios, concierge rooms, and one- and two-bedroom hotel suites. The hotel boasts high- speed internet access, 37-inch flat-screen TVs & ergonomic chairs. The fitness and recreation area features a gym with cardio equipment and free weights, swimming pool, children’s outdoor pool area, hot tubs, and tennis court. Don’t let the name fool you as it’s not located in Vancouver.
SATURDAY

10AM – DIM SUM AT SHANGHAI RIVER

Shanghai River is a popular restaurant located in the heart of Richmond, just minutes from the Sky Train. This restaurant is known for their juicy and flavorful xiao long bao and dim sum. Don’t be surprised to see a long wait list or brushed away if you can’t get a seat. From your seat, you can see the chef’s hand rolling the dumplings through a large inclosed glass window (similar to Din Tai Fung in Bellevue). The “Shanghai Dumpling” was prepared very well. The skin of the dumpling was rolled very nicely as it was thin and not too doughy. The meat had a distinct crab flavor and once your teeth broke into it, the juices exploded out practically burning your mouth.

The Spicy beef noodles in soup is a classic Chinese and Taiwanese noodle soup made of red braised beef, vegetables and Chinese noodles. The broth is clean in taste, beef melts in your mouth, and the spice levels are just right. This is definitely a great hangover cure.
The Shrimp & chives dumpling is a must order. The outer layer has a nice crisp with each bite filled with greens, egg, and shrimp. There are 3 dumplings per order but it feels more like 6, each bite packs a different punch of flavor. They definitely didn’t hold back on the chives.

The Pan fried dumplings are my second favorite dumplings at this restaurant. A crispy outer shell, moist & juicy soup oozes out when you bite into it. Filled with a juicy, tender vegetable and pork mixture.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF

12:00PM







A great area to go on a walk is at Steveston Village, located only short drive away. You’ll find a great selection of things do like go shopping at local stores, unique boutiques, Garry Point Park, restaurants and the Fisherman’s Wharf. You can walk down to dock and watch as locals barter for the catch of the day including fresh salmon, crab, halibut and shrimp. We realized how much cheaper the fish were on the dock than at the stores. As a local, this is a great location to get your daily fish. If time permits, you can go on a whale-watching adventure, nature or historic tour with professional naturalists from April to October to see Killer Whales, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, seals and other wildlife.
ICHIRO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

1:00PM


Steveston Roll ($12.95): Sweet Shrimp, Tuna, Cucumber wrapped with Salmon. The sushi rice is perfect in flavor, the fish is fresh, colors are vibrant. A great roll if you’re looking for something fish and something on the lighter side.
U.I.T ($3.75): Uni/Ikura/Toro. This nigiri is heaven in your mouth. The flavors just explode in your mouth. The creamy & sweet Uni combined with the delicate fatty Toro and the Ikura bursts with a salty taste that brings it all together.

The Tamago Egg nigiri ($2) is the perfect dessert sushi, it’s sweet in flavor and light on the palate.
Sashimi & Noodle ($13.95): 6 kinds of Mini Sashimi (Tuna, Salmon, Sweet Shrimp, Spicy Salmon, Tuna Gomaae, Ichiro Zuke) with Steamed Rice and a bowl of handmade Saba Noodles. This might be the best sushi we’ve ever had. Freshness you can taste and intricate flavors you can taste in every bite.


The saba noodles is the perfect dish to pair with the sashimi plate. The soft buckwheat noodles in the warm broth that tastes like it’s a yellow miso and chicken stock based soup is absolutely delcious!

Matcha Cheese Cake ($5.95): Green Tea Flavored Cheese Cake with Fruit Sauce. Why not.

As part of our Taste of Asia weekend, we picked Ichiro Japanese Restaurant for our next destination. The sushi is as fresh as it can be. The sashimi melted in your mouth. Since its debut in 2006, it’s built a great clientele of people who appreciate tradition Japanese food made with traditional Japanese techniques. This restaurant puts careful thought into every nigiri, roll, and dish that’s brought out, although the price is a bit pricier in comparison, the quality is worth the extra premium.
LULU ISLAND WINERY 

3:00PM



Lulu Island Winery is the newest and largest winery in Richmond! It produces many quality wines including red and white table wines, fruit wines, and Canada’s very own icewines. All of Lulu Island’s quality wines are produced on site, using only the best grapes from the Okanagan (due northeast of Canada) and the best berries from the Fraser Valley.
As a guest of Lulu Island Winery, you get the first 5 tastings for free, then it’s $2.50 after that.  We recommend trying the blueberry and strawberry ice wine, it’s incredible… tastes like you’re eating fresh pressed berries.
PROCESS: All our wines are put through a slow cool fermentation process that helps bring out the natural flavors of the fruit, whether it is grapes, blueberries or even raspberries.
ABERDEEN MALL 

5:00PM

Aberdeen Centre’s unique fusion of East meets West shopping, dining, entertainment and service amenities include eight full-service restaurants, an 800-seat food court, exciting weekly Arts and Cultural performances as well as the only state-of-the-art musical fountain show in Canada. Highlights of the mega-mall include an extensive Asian food court, a Lamborghini outlet, the $2 Japanese bargain shop Daiso, authentic herb and tea shops and a store that specializes in “luxury” toilets. You’ll be lucky to recognize any brands that you actually know as majority of them are Canadian brands.

Make sure to stop by at Mei Jan Hong Beef Jerky for the best handmade jerky.

SUHANG RESTAURANT

7:00PM












Suhang Restaurant serves up Shanghainese cuisine that brings out authentic flavors, friendly staff, and clean modern interior decor. The space is a bit tight and with its popularity, you’ll most likely have to wait in line, but it’s worth the wait. You will have to try the Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumpling pork buns), many say it’s the “best” in Richmond, but you’ll have to let us know what you think. The soup in the dumpling is juicy and rich in taste.
BUBBLE QUEEN

9:00PM

One of the best experiences in Richmond is walking around at the Richmond Night Market tasting a myriad of street food surrounded by the bustling of people crunching down on tornado potatoes, nomming on hot Takoyaki balls and ripping apart sizzling bbq off the grill, but what happens when it’s not Night Market season? Well, you can thank Bubble Queen for opening up a store front in Richmond with its popular Bubble Waffles and fresh fruit Bubble Tea. The popular asian snack called Bubble Waffles have been a major hit at the night markets and now you can get it pretty much 24/7. At first glance when you step into the store, you’ll notice the outrageous amounts of fresh fruit along the glass case, on top of the shelves, behind the shelves, falling from the sky you name it. What separates this bubble shop from rest is the selection of fresh fruit bubble tea, smoothies, hot and cold teas, milk/yogurt teas, and the huge candy bar selection from KitKat, Ferror Rocher, Oreo, Crunch, White Chocolate Hershey’s, Maltesers, Coffee Crisp and many others you can combine with the bubble waffles.

During our visit, we had the fresh mango bubble tea with tons of mango and tapioca and the Oreo bubble waffle. What makes these waffles so delicious is a basic mixture of fresh eggs, custard powder, sugar, milk, flours, a hot waffle iron that creates a custom circle bite sized “eggies” that are crispy on the outside and warm on the inside. The bite-sized waffles are sweet, crunchy and are a great snack for any time of the day.

We recommend getting mochi in the Bubble Waffle.

Bubble Queen
8888 Odlin Crescent, Richmond, BC V6X3Z7
(778) 297-7838
SUNDAY

10AM – SUN SUI WAH DIM SUM







Sun Sui Wah started over 30 years ago by it’s founder in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Based on the motto of “warm hospitality, superb quality and value!” it quickly joined the ranks of most popular dine out places and garnered high regards within the dining community. The “roasted squab” became a signature dish was famed throughout Hong Kong.
Following the successful model of good business, the second generation of Sun Sui Wah opened the first restaurant in Vancouver amid the 80s. Soon after, opened another location in Richmond setting a new trend and elevated the standards of local Chinese restaurants. Although many have followed in the footsteps, few have succeeded with such acclaim and rave reviews from loyal patrons and members of the dining/service industry.
Over the years, the restaurant has hosted many U.S. and oversea visitors to enjoy worldwide honor and recognition. Bestowed with excellent reviews by many world -renowned publications and organizations, a reflection of their dedication to good service and great cuisine.
KAM DO BAKERY

12:00PM


Kam Do Bakery (recently relocated) is the perfect way to end the trip for many reasons. A) You can take it on the road. B) They are absolutely delicious. C) A great gift for your friends and family back home. The bakery is located on No. 3 Road across the road from the SkyTrain super convenient for people going on and off as the sweet smell floats up.

We recommend the following: Coconut Bun, Lotus + Egg, Red Bean Paste, Pineapple, Taro, Date Paste, Winter Melon and Date Paste. All of which are sweet in flavor, flakey and taste like fruit. Tell us your favorite bakery goods in the comments.

Kam Do Bakery 
No 3 Rd Ste 130-6211 Richmond, BC V6Y 0C2
Phone (604) 284-5611
Hours Open daily 6am-8:30pm
New Town Bakery

12:30PM


Walk across the street and you will find a family run bakery (since 1980) that serves the very best chinese and filipino baked goods and pastries. Make sure to stop in here and grab a few orders of the Award Winning Apple Tarts and the World Famous Steamed Buns (Siopao) – BBQ Pork (Asado) and Chicken Deluxe (Bola Bola), they are all made fresh daily.

2012 : CNN Travel | World’s best Chinatowns : “Must-visit restaurant” in Vancouver Chinatown
2010 : Chinese Restaurant Critic’s Choice | Best Chinese Bakery Silver Award
2009 : Chinese Restaurant Critic’s Choice | Chinese Pastry Gold Award: Apple Tart

DEPART TO SEATTLE

1:00PM

Our journey ends here, hope you enjoyed our weekend getaway to Richmond, BC! If you have any questions or thoughts, just leave us a comment below.
Here are other notable spots we just didn’t have time to visit this time around but are worth the visit:

Chinese:
Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant
Dinesty Chinese
HK BBQ Master
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
Kirin Seafood Restaurant
Liu’s Taiwanese Restaurant
Golden Paramount
Mui Garden
Shiang Garden

Japanese:
Sushi Hachi Japanese Restaurant
Sakura Sushi
Kiriri Japanese
Nan Chuu Izakaya
G-men Ramen (Inside Nan Chuu Izakaya)

Indian:
Tandoori Kona

Written by Charles

Charles Koh founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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